Sunday's Best Bet: Go Big Blue Nation roars home in Zagora

Sunday's 4th race from Belmont Park is the $150,000 Zagora Stakes for fillies and mares traveling a mile and a half on the turf course (Post Time 1:18 p.m. EST).

No. 6 GO BIG BLUE NATION (3-1) is a fresh, improving filly for Michael McCarthy. She looked good winning an optional claimer at a mile and three-eights at Del Mar July 18, and she shipped to Kentucky Downs and missed by a neck in a $550k stakes Sept. 12. John Velazquez rides and she showed improved tactical speed in her last pair.

No. 7 Hungry Kitten (4-1) got no pace help in her much needed nine panel return Aug. 25, and winner Pocket Square clicked right back in the Athenia (G3). Shug McGaughey’s lightly raced mare got good in these long turf routes last year including a neck defeat in this race. She should move forward in her second start of the year.

No. 1 Orglandes (5-2) won the Red Carpet (G3) at Del Mar last fall. She went off form after that and rebounded with a runner-up finish behind her stablemate My Sister Nat in the Waya (G3) Oct. 3, and the latter returned to finish 2nd in the BC Filly & Mare Turf (G1). She should save ground before launching her rally under her winning pilot Irad Ortiz Jr.

No. 3 Candy Flower (12-1) was re-claimed out of her last by Mike Maker and she looks like the target. She almost stole an entry level affair at a mile and half at Keeneland in the spring, and she has struck twice at Belmont.

No. 4 Always Shopping (3-1) has the credentials to win a race like this. The three-time turf stakes winner took the La Prevoyante (G3) at this distance at Gulfstream Park Jan. 23, but has not won in five starts since. 

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